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Lincoln – University of Nebraska senior linebacker Mohamed Barry was honored Monday morning, as he was chosen to the Butkus Award Watch list.

Barry is one of 12 linebackers named to the 51-member watch list, as the 51 watch list members honor the No. 51 that Butkus wore during his Hall of Fame career. It is the second watch list Barry has been named to, as he was on the initial Lott IMPACT Trophy watch list released earlier in the summer.

Barry, a 6-foot-1, 230-pound linebacker, returns to anchor the Huskers’ defense after an outstanding junior campaign. The Grayson, Ga., native led the Huskers and ranked second in the Big Ten with 112 tackles, including 55 solo tackles, and added 11 tackles for loss and two sacks from his inside linebacker position. His 112 tackles were the most by a Husker since NFL All-Pro Lavonte David totaled 133 stops in 2011.

Barry, a 2018 All-Big Ten selection by both the coaches and media, led NU in tackles in nine of 12 games, including seven double-figure efforts. He posted a career-high 12 tackles against Colorado and had 11 stops six other times as a junior. For his efforts, he was chosen by the Husker coaching staff as the team’s defensive MVP last season.

The finalists will be announced on Nov. 25, and the winner will be announced on or before Dec. 10. Trev Alberts is the only Husker to win a Butkus Award, as he was honored in 1992.

Formed in 1985, the Butkus Award was expanded in 2008 to honor linebackers at three levels while supporting causes important to the Butkus family. They include the I Play Clean® initiative promoting training and nutrition instead of performance-enhancing drugs, and the Butkus Takes Heart™ initiative encouraging early cardiovascular screening among adults.

The Nebraska Coaches Association has its annual clinic beginning Monday in Lincoln. 

Former Alabama Football Coach Bill Curry will the featured speaker. 

The All-Star basketball games will be Monday. The volleyball match is Tuesday with the softball game on Wednesday. 

Executive Director Darin Boysen discussed the events. 

Darin Boysen


Nebraska junior wide receiver JD Spielman was honored Thursday afternoon, as he was named to the Biletnikoff Award preseason watch list.

It was the second straight year Spielman garnered a spot on the Biletnikoff Award watch list. The award is presented to that season’s most outstanding FBS receiver, regardless of position.

Spielman is one of only five Big Ten players on the 50-member preseason list. The 5-foot-9, 180-pounder has a chance to finish his junior season as the most prolific receiver in Nebraska history. He is only 68 catches and 1,099 yards away from the Husker career record in both categories.

Last season, Spielman hauled in 66 passes for 881 yards and eight touchdowns, despite missing the final two games of the season. He finished on NU’s top-10 single-season list in catches (third), yards (ninth) and touchdowns (seventh). Spielman ranked among the Big Ten leaders in receptions per game (6.6, second), receiving yards per game (81.8, fourth) and all-purpose yards per game (111.5, fifth) en route to earning All-Big Ten honors for the second straight season.

His best performance came against nationally-ranked Wisconsin, when he shattered Nebraska’s single-game receiving record with 209 yards. He is the only player in school history with a 200-yard receiving game. Spielman hauled in 10 passes for 135 yards against Purdue and is the only receiver in school history with multiple double-digit reception games.

The 2019 Biletnikoff Award winner will be presented live on December 12, 2019, at the Home Depot College Football Awards on ESPN.


Chicago - University of Nebraska quarterback Adrian Martinez was one of 10 players included on the 2019 preseason honors list released Thursday morning in advance of Big Ten Media Days.

A panel of conference media members selected 10 players – five from the East and West Divisions – as preseason nominations. Martinez, the only quarterback on the 10-player list, is the first Husker signal caller to earn a nod on the Big Ten preseason list since Taylor Martinez in 2013.

Martinez guides a prolific Husker attack and returns after a record-breaking 2018 campaign. The 6-foot-2, 225-pounder set 11 school records after becoming the first true freshman quarterback to start an opener in school history. Martinez completed 224-of-347 passes for 2,617 yards and 17 touchdowns last season, while also rushing for 629 yards and eight TDs on his way to All-Big Ten accolades.

Last season, Martinez ranked 12th nationally and led all freshmen nationally in total offense per game (295.1 ypg, a Nebraska record) while also setting school marks for 300-yard total offense (seven) and 400-yard total offense (three) games. He set freshman records for completions, completion percentage, passing yards, passing touchdowns, total offense and total touchdowns (25) and ranked fourth nationally among all freshmen with 237.9 passing yards per game.

Martinez threw for a season-high 384 yards and two touchdowns against Wisconsin, while his best game of the year came against Minnesota, when he completed a school-record 86.2 percent of his passes (25-of-29) for 276 yards and three touchdowns, while rushing for a season-high 125 yards and a score on 15 carries.

Martinez, along with seniors Khalil Davis and Mohamed Barry, are representing the Huskers at 2019 Big Ten Media Days in Chicago today and tomorrow. Fans can watch much of the action on BTN and online at and on the Fox Sports app beginning at 11 a.m. today.

2019 Big Ten Players to Watch

 EAST DIVISION Joe Bachie, Sr., LB, Michigan State Kenny Willekes, Sr., DE, Michigan State J.K. Dobbins, Jr., RB, Ohio State Chase Young, Jr., DE, Ohio State Yetur Gross-Matos, Jr., DE, Penn State

 WEST DIVISION A.J. Epenesa, Jr., DE, Iowa Adrian Martinez, So., QB, Nebraska Paddy Fisher, Jr., LB, Northwestern Rondale Moore, So., WR, Purdue Jonathan Taylor, Jr., RB, Wisconsin
Nebraska Preseason Big Ten Honorees (2011-Present)
2019 – Adrian Martinez, QB
2018 - Stanley Morgan Jr., WR
2015 - Maliek Collins, DT
2015 - De’Mornay Pierson-El, WR
2014 - Ameer Abdullah, RB
2014 - Randy Gregory, DE
2013 - Taylor Martinez, QB
2012 - Rex Burkhead, RB
2011 - Jared Crick, DT
2011 - Lavonte David, LB



One of the top amateur golfers in the state of Nebraska, Aurora's Caleb Badura completed the transfer process on Wednesday, July 17, and will compete for the University of Nebraska and Coach Mark Hankins during the 2019-20 season.

The 2019 Great Plains Athletic Conference Player of the Year as a freshman at Northwestern College in Iowa, Badura has put together an outstanding summer of golf by winning the Nebraska Match Play Championship at the Players Club in Omaha, before finishing as the runner-up at the Nebraska Amateur Championship after a seven-hole playoff at the Country Club of Lincoln last week.

"We’re excited to welcome Caleb to our Husker Golf program," Hankins said. "He was a top junior in the state a year ago, followed that with a successful year in collegiate golf, and has had a tremendous summer so far. We were impressed with his consistent play, his focused approach to each competitive round and his ability to play under pressure and raise his game to any level that he faced over the past year."

Badura, who captured the 2019 GPAC Tournament individual title, finished his only season in Orange City, Iowa, with a 73.6 stroke average - the No. 2 average in school history. He also earned a spot on the NAIA Ping All-Central Region Team. He qualified for the NAIA Championship at the Las Sendas Golf Club in Mesa, Ariz., May 21-24, where he tied for 59th. Badura posted five top-10 finishes as a freshman, including a pair of tournament titles.

During his career at Aurora High School, Badura won back-to-back individual Class B state titles in 2017 and 2018. He also led the Huskies to a team championship in 2017. He was a three-time Nebraska Coaches Association Super-State selection in 2015, 2017 and 2018, and a two-time Nebraska Golf Association Junior All-Star team selection in 2017 and 2018. Badura was selected to be a member of the Kansas-Nebraska Junior Cup Team in 2016, 2017 and 2018. He also set the Aurora High School record with a low round of 68.

"I chose Nebraska because of what it has to offer not only athletically, but academically. Being able to come home and play at the Division I level for the Huskers is a dream come true,” Badura said. “Seeing what Coach Hankins has done with the Husker golf program over the last year is exciting, and I’m thrilled to be able to be a part of the rebuilding process and rich tradition of Nebraska Athletics in the years to come.”

He'll be on the Huddle with Steve Stein Thursday during the 4pm hour on AM 1430 KRGI/105.5 FM.


Lincoln – University of Nebraska basketball players Tanner Borchardt and Johnny Trueblood were recognized for their efforts in the classroom Wednesday, as both players were named to the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Honors Court.

The honor is presented to players who are a junior or senior academically at an institution and posted a GPA of 3.20 or better at the conclusion of the 2018-19 academic year.

This is the third straight year that Borchardt has received the honor, while Trueblood was lauded by the NABC for the second straight season. The pair helped the Huskers to 19 wins and a second-round appearance in the NIT this past season.

Borchardt, who originally walked on at Nebraska, graduated with a degree in management in May. He was a four-year letterwinner and was a major contributor on Nebraska’s back-to-back NIT teams in 2018 and 2019. Borchardt set career highs in scoring, rebounding and field goal percentage as a senior, capping his career with a 16-point, 13-rebound performance at TCU in the NIT. Off the court, he was a three-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree while being named to the Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll on seven occasions.

Trueblood was a three-year letterwinner for the Huskers and graduated in May with a degree in business administration. The Omaha native played a significant role in the Huskers’ 2019 Big Ten Tournament and NIT postseason runs, setting career highs in points, rebounds and assists during the 2019 NIT. A two-time academic All-Big Ten selection, he was a four-time Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll honoree.



Nebraska Athletic Director Bill Moos announced Wednesday the hiring of two veteran collegiate athletic administrators who will join the Huskers’ senior athletic staff.

John Johnson and Garrett Klassy will each bring experience as Division I athletic directors to the Nebraska staff. Johnson will serve as Senior Deputy Athletic Director­—Chief of Staff, while Klassy has been hired as Nebraska’s Senior Deputy Athletic Director—External Operations. Both Johnson and Klassy will assume their new roles on July 29.

“We are fortunate to add John Johnson and Garrett Klassy to our staff at Nebraska,” Moos said. “The administrative expertise these two will bring will continue to enhance our program as we work toward excellence which will lead to championships. John and Garrett will be great additions to our talented administrative team and provide great leadership for our athletic staff.”

Johnson will work closely with Moos on all aspects of the Huskers’ athletic administration and direct the department when Moos is at out of town functions. He will also have sport supervision of the men’s basketball program. Klassy will have oversight of all of the Huskers’ external units including development, ticket office, marketing, licensing, communications, creative and emerging media and HuskerVision.

Johnson joins the Nebraska staff after spending the past 15 years at Washington State University. Johnson has served as a Senior Associate Athletic Director for the Cougars since 2004, including seven years under Moos’ leadership.

“I am grateful to Bill Moos for the opportunity to again work with him and his outstanding team,” Johnson said. “It is an exciting time for the Huskers, and I look forward to being part of the incredible legacy and tradition that is Nebraska.”

Johnson has focused on external operations, facility development and strategic planning during his time with the Cougar Athletic Department. In addition to his role as Senior Associate Athletic Director, Johnson served as Washington State’s Interim Director of Athletics from October of 2017 to January of 2018 after Moos was hired at Nebraska.

Johnson has 11 years of experience as an Athletic Director, leading both the Weber State and Eastern Washington athletic departments. During Johnson’s tenure at Weber State from 1997 to 2004, the Wildcats won the Big Sky All Sports trophy five times. Johnson also provided the leadership to secure funding to greatly enhance Weber State’s facilities during his tenure.

While at his alma mater of Eastern Washington from 1993 to 1997, Johnson guided a 15-sport intercollegiate program and lead efforts to greatly enhance the marketing and branding of the EWU program.

Klassy comes to Nebraska after spending the past two years as the Director of Athletics at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Klassy is responsible for a NCAA Division I intercollegiate athletics program with 20 sports, more than 100 coaches and staff and more than 350 student-athletes.

In his time leading the UIC program, Klassy was responsible for engineering the naming rights partnership for Credit Union 1 Arena valued at $9.3 million with an additional gift of $750,000 for UIC student scholarships. Also, UIC student-athletes achieved a record high GPA and UIC topped all other Horizon League schools in the 2018-19 Learfield Directors Cup for success in competition. Klassy also refreshed the UIC Athletics brand creating unprecedented exposure, created the Flames Athletic Fund to support athletic scholarships and created an athletic department strategic plan.

“I am thrilled and honored to be joining the Nebraska team and I would like to thank Bill Moos for the opportunity to serve the University of Nebraska,” Klassy said. “Our team will work tirelessly to ensure that our student-athletes have the resources to win championships, graduate from an elite institution and prepare them for life after Nebraska. We will make sure the Nebraska brand is promoted globally and the great Husker fans will have an amazing experience at our events. I can’t wait to get started. GBR!”

Klassy had a diverse resume in intercollegiate athletics prior to his appointment as the UIC Director of Athletics. From 2013 to 2017, he served as a Senior Associate Athletic Director at George Washington University where he oversaw all aspects of External Relations, and had sport oversight for four of the Colonials’ programs.

Klassy has Power Five experience at the University of Oregon and University of Alabama. He spent eight years at Oregon from 2005 to 2013, including six years as Assistant Athletic Director for Development. During that time, Klassy was a member of the Oregon Athletics Leadership Team and had oversight of the operations and staff of the Duck Athletic Fund, Ticket Office and Sales departments.

Klassy was an assistant director of ticket operations at Alabama from 2001 to 2005 and was the Director of Ticket Operations at Tulane in 2000-01. Klassy is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin where he served as an intern in the athletic ticket office.

Johnson and Klassy will join Moos’ senior staff which also includes Deputy AD Bob Burton, Deputy AD/SWA Pat Logsdon, Deputy AD/CFO John Jentz, Executive Associate AD-Academics Dennis Leblanc and Executive Associate AD-Compliance Jamie Vaughn.


Lincoln – University of Nebraska defensive linemen Ben Stille was announced Tuesday as one of the candidates for the 2019 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team®, an annual award given to college football players for the impact they make off the field.

In all, a total of 137 student-athletes across all levels of college football with inspiring stories of community service were nominated by their respective sports information directors.

Stillie has been active in the Huskers’ Life Skills program, volunteered his time with the FCA, Husker Heroes, TeamMates, the Nebraska Football Road Race, and local hospital visits. For his efforts, he received the Sam Foltz Hero 27 Leadership Award earlier this spring, and was named to the Tom Osborne and Brook Berringer Citizenship teams for the past three years. Earlier this year, he was also involved in the Huskers football team’s efforts for raise money for flood relief victims following the spring floods across Nebraska.

Stille will look to be the 16th Husker football player to be recognized on the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® since the program began more than 25 years ago.Freedom Akinmoladun was NU’s most recent honoree when he was selected in 2018.

To be considered for a spot on the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team®, each player must be actively involved with a charitable organization or service group while maintaining a strong academic standing.

From the 137 nominees, the final roster of 23 award recipients will be announced in September, bringing together 11 players from the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision, 11 players from the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision, Divisions II, III and the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) and one honorary head coach.


Lincoln -- Nebraska sophomore quarterback Adrian Martinez earned his second watch list recognition of the week, as he was named to the 2019 Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Award Watch List this afternoon.

Martinez, who is one of only six sophomores on the 30-member list, is one of three Big Ten quarterbacks from the Big Ten on the O’Brien Watch List, joining Michigan’s Shea Patterson and Iowa’s Nate Stanley. The Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Award is presented annually to the nation’s best college quarterback.

Martinez returns to pilot the Husker attack after a record-breaking freshman year in 2018. The 6-foot-2, 220-pounder set 11 school records after becoming the first true freshman quarterback to start an opener in school history. On the season, Martinez completed 224-of-347 passes for 2,617 yards and 17 touchdowns, while also rushing for 629 yards and eight scores en route to All-Big Ten and Freshman All-America honors.

Martinez ranked 12th nationally and led all freshmen nationally in total offense per game (295.1 ypg) while also setting school marks for 300-yard total offense (seven) and 400-yard total offense (three) games in 2018. Martinez set freshman records for completions, completion percentage, passing yards, passing touchdowns, total offense and total touchdowns (25), and he was fourth nationally among all freshmen in passing yards per game at 237.9 yards per game.

Martinez threw for a season-high 384 yards and two touchdowns against Wisconsin, while his best game of the year came against Minnesota, when he completed a school-record 86.2 percent of his passes (25-of-29) for 276 yards and three touchdowns, while rushing for a season-high 125 yards and a score on 15 carries.

Martinez will look to join 2001 O’Brien Award winner Eric Crouch on the list of all-time winners.

Sixteen semifinalists for the award will be named on Wednesday, Nov. 13. From that list, the Foundation will announce the three finalists on Monday, Nov. 25. The 2019 Davey O’Brien Award winner will be unveiled live on ESPN Thursday, Dec. 12, during The Home Depot College Football Awards.

Martinez was named to the Maxwell Award watch list on Monday, as many of the college football awards watch lists will be announced over the next two weeks.

Post-season American Legion Baseball will start for Class A this Friday, July 19th. The North Platte First Nationals coming off their Cornhuskers League Championship will be on the road to Hastings. The Juniors receive a first round bye and will play Saturday afternoon at 4:30pm against the winner of Hastings/Scottsbluff. Meanwhile the North Platte Seniors will be hosting the A7 tournament at Bill Wood Field. North Platte will open up the tournament taking on Lexington at 7:30pm Friday night. Links to view & download the brackets are below. 

A7 Juniors
A7 Seniors